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Germany – energy vs. the environment

Lützerath and Garzweiler coal mine

Back in 2021 Germany was celebrating the election of a new coalition government (which includes the Green party) and hopes were high for a new era of environmental action. But now, Germany, like much of Europe, is struggling with energy supply issues due to the war on Ukraine. As a result, it looks extremely likely that climate policies will fall, as short term solutions for this more immediate issue take priority. A small town called Lützerath has become a key site in this battle between energy and the environment…

Nigeria’s mangrove forests under threat from oil spills and development

Mangrove Forest in Nigeria

What’s going on here?  Nigeria’s mangrove forests are threatened by oil spills and development projects, damaging these precious ecosystems and causing coastal erosion. The Niger Delta mangroves have been so depleted due to these activities that experts warn that without urgent action they will be lost entirely by the year 2050. What does this mean? Nigeria’s mangrove forests provide habitats for wildlife,…

The latest art gallery protests: extreme or justified?

What’s Going On Here? Climate activists have been gluing themselves to world-famous paintings to protest the burning of fossil fuels during a climate crisis. The latest event occurred over the weekend in Madrid’s Prado museum. What Does It Mean? Two climate activists glued their hands to Goya’s “La Maja Vestida” and “La Maja Desnuda”. They also spray-painted “+1.5 C” on the gallery…

Climate anxiety common in young people all over the world

Someone looking anxious and holding their head in their hands

What’s going on here? New research has revealed that climate anxiety is common in young people on almost every continent – not just in western countries. What does this mean? The most international study on climate anxiety ever asked over 10,000 university students in 32 countries to disclose their feelings about climate change. The recently published findings found that climate breakdown scares…

The UK government is gearing up to approve a huge climate-wrecking oil field – We must #StopRosebank

Guest Article by Jessica Kleczka The UK could approve the biggest undeveloped oil field in the North Sea in the next few weeks. The Rosebank oil field is located off the coast of Shetland, and three times the size of the nearby Cambo oil field, which was paused after a successful campaign last year. Rosebank is owned by Norwegian state-owned oil company…

Young people launching legal action on energy treaty at European Court

European Court of Human Rights

What’s going on here? Five young people aged between 17-31, who have experienced devastating extreme weather events are launching legal action at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).  What does this mean? You’re probably wondering, like I did, what is the ECT and what does it have to do with human rights? So here’s a…